Exercises

Exercise 3 - Licking our lips

Tongue motor skill development exercise
The children open their mouths and lick their upper lips from side to side with their tongue, and then do the same with their lower lips.
Then they may make circles around the lips with their tongues, first in one direction, then in the other direction. D304


Exercise 4 - Counting teeth

Tongue motor skill development exercise
The children open their mouths widely and lightly touch the biting surface of each tooth with their tongues (counting teeth) D305 . If this rather delicate work with pauses on every tooth is difficult (especially for the younger children), it will suffice if they touch the jaw with their tongues in at least three places: right, centre and left as shown in the following demonstration D306.


Exercise 5 - Inner circles

Tongue motor skill development exercise
The children have their mouths closed and draw circles with their tongues, first around the palate, then on the inside of the cheeks, alternating between the right and left side D307. For younger children it will suffice if they just touch these places with their tongues.


Exercise 6 - Wide and narrow tongue

Exercise for the sensory differentiation between a relaxed and stiff tongue
The children alternate between a wide and narrow tongue. The wide shape means a relaxed tongue. When the tongue narrows markedly, it means it has stiffened. This exercise must be performed in front of a mirror so the children can identify both tongue positions by checking it by themselves. D88


Exercise 7 - Devil

Exercise to relax the facial expression muscles, lips, jaws and tongue

The children try to imitate a devil talking using the syllable Bl-l-l-l-l-l. D309

If they have trouble performing this exercise at such a speed, it is usually due to an insufficiently relaxed tongue. In this case, they may try the slower variation using the syllable

BLÖ-BLÖ-BLÖ-BLÖ-BLÖ and slowing the tempo as needed. D310